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By Lisa Cypers Kamen.

BallsBeing positive whenever possible makes you and those around you feel good. How can you do that? The following acronym should give you some ideas.

P – People. What kind of people are you surrounding yourself with? Try to be around those who are positive and avoid negative people whenever possible.

O– Optimism. Find the optimism in your life even if it’s a small thing.

S – Smile. Something as simple as that can change your mood from negative to positive in a matter of seconds. You can also contribute to someone else’s well-being by smiling. It just might brighten their day!

I – Interest. Find something that interests you and makes you happy. It could be learning to crochet, scrapbooking, horseback riding, puzzles…the list is endless. You might even find something that interests your child or teach them something and that will bring you both some happiness.

T – Try. This may seem simple, but if you try to be positive as much as possible, it can be pretty amazing how quickly things change in your life.

I – Inventory. Take inventory or stock of your life and circumstances and find the positive things that are there.

V – Vacate. Put more simply, leave areas or situations where there is negative talk. This will help you to keep your positive attitude!

E – Endure. Endure trials and challenges that come into your life. This isn’t always easy, but if you can find even one positive thing while you endure, then that is something. Hopefully the above ideas will help you to stay positive. They are by no means a complete list nor does everyone have the same circumstances.

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Lisa Cypers Kamen is a filmmaker, positive psychology coach, author, host of Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio, professor and lecturer specializing in the field of sustainable happiness. She is widely recognized as an expert on the subject. Lisa’s acclaimed documentary film co-produced with her now fifteen year-old daughter, Kayla, “H-Factor…Where is your heart?” explores how people in varied circumstances find, generate and share happiness. In addition to her film on happiness, Lisa has also published a number of articles and books entitled, Got Happiness Now?, Are We Happy Yet?, Leadership: Helping Others to Succeed and Reintegration Strategies, about combat trauma and using positive psychology principles to create wellness in a post-war new normal. Lisa’s written work is featured on blogs for the Huffington Post, and and she is a TEDx community event speaker. In addition, she is the Happiness Expert for the Florida Department of Citrus/ Florida Orange Juice in its Take on the Day campaign.

Harvesting Happiness for Heroes™ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that delivers stigma-free integrated combat trauma recovery services to warriors and their loved ones. Modalities include scientifically proven strengths based Positive Psychology coaching and interdisciplinary tools such as film, yoga, meditation, art and creative writing designed to mindfully empower the client to achieve increased self-mastery, self-esteem and reclaim her/his life. HH4Heroes focuses on the balance of mind, body and emotion resulting in greater overall wellbeing and the transformation of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) into Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG). HH4Heroes offers retreat workshops, one-on-one coaching, Battle Buddy programs, as well as our new R.E.B.O.O.T Online virtual community coaching classrooms designed to reach underserved areas. In addition, HH4Heroes deploys Return to Duty™ civilian and corporate training to help welcome a warrior home and into the community and workplace.

Lisa is committed to teaching Happiness is an inside job™ and helping others end their needless suffering through intentionally cultivating greater joy.

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  1. Lovely! The Inventory one is the holder for gratitude, isn’t it? And Vacate is powerful too. I’ve been trying to find a middle ground before actually vacating, where I can gently and lovingly change the conversation to something more wholesome. If that doesn’t work, then I vacate.

    Thank you for writing this.

    Love and blessings,

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